- Aug 19, 2003
A teenage girl who disappeared while jogging in north-west France but was found alive after a huge hunt has said she escaped an attempting kidnapping.
The 17-year-old was found in a state of shock in a takeaway about 10km (six miles) from where she had gone running. She was receiving medical care after vanishing on Monday in the Mayenne region, east of Rennes.
French media reports say she told police she had been held captive by kidnappers but managed to flee. Prosecutors said a kidnapping investigation had been opened and a man had been questioned in custody but released without charge.
The teenager, a regular runner who has not been named, left her home for the local Bellebranche forest at around 16:00 on Monday. The girl's father went looking for her after she failed to return home, and called the police three hours later. When searching his daughter's running route, the father found her phone and GPS watch, with traces of blood.
Investigators searching for the girl examined data from her running app, which showed her jog had abruptly ended in a rural area. A search involving some 200 police officers, rescue dogs, divers and a helicopter was launched.
It was a hoax. Why did she do it? Looks as if there will be a proper investigation into that.
A teenage jogger who claimed she escaped a kidnapping in north-west France after disappearing for more than a day has admitted she lied.
In a case that has gripped the country, the 17-year-old was found in a state of shock in a takeaway about 10km (six miles) from where she had gone running in the Mayenne region, east of Rennes. She told police she was held captive by kidnappers but managed to flee.
But now the teenager has admitted making the story up, a prosecutor said. She admitted "having lied, not having been kidnapped and having gone on foot to Sablé-sur-Sarthe" - the area she reappeared in, said local prosecutor Céline Maigné. ...
When she reappeared she had scratches on her body and was taken to hospital. But the teenager eventually admitted to investigators that her injuries were "of accidental origin" and she "cut her T-shirt with a pair of scissors", the prosecutor said in a statement.
The teenager "will be subject to an investigation for reporting an imaginary crime", the prosecutor added. "The inquiry will need to take her personality into consideration in order to clear up the reasons for her behaviour which at this time remains unexplained."